Monday, January 31, 2011


McLachlan sponsors birther bill in Hartford
Published: 02:21 p.m., Monday, January 31, 2011

DANBURY -- State Sen. Michael McLachlan, R-Danbury, submitted a bill proposal last week mandating presidential and vice presidential candidates to provide their birth certificates in order for their names to be placed on the ballot.
"You have to have a birth certificate to get a driver's license," McLachlan said. "The same should be true to become president or vice president."
McLachlan submitted his proposal after hearing several arguments about President Barack Obama's citizenship, he said.
"They claim that he is not a natural-born citizen," McLachlan said.
McLachlan said he is not suggesting that Obama is not a natural-born citizen with this bill. Instead, McLachlan said, he hopes passage of the bill will stop these types of arguments in the future.
"Let's stop talking about this," McLachlan said.
McLachlan suspected he might receive some negative feedback about his proposed bill, but he said he is trying to enforce the U.S. Constitution, which says in Article 2, Section 1, "No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President."
The proposed bill is currently being reviewed by the Legislative Committee, McLachlan said.
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